Sunday, January 26, 2014

For the love of painting

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If you're a painter you may recognize this:
Sometimes you want to do a painting, just for yourself, to try a new technique or to just be in the act of painting. Even though you know beforehand that the painting will probable never sell and that nobody will like it, you have to do it, to push you in a different direction, to explore new grounds, to go beyond what you've always done, for the love of painting..

This is one of those paintings
I had so much fun altering skintones on this one and it looked totally wrong from the start but at the end it all got together and I'm really happy with it.

If you notice that in your paintings you're walking the same safe route every time, go stir things up a little and start exploring new ground, it may turn out to be the best mistake you've ever made ;)

Roz Hall by Erik van Elven
"Roz Hall", oil on panel, 24x30cm oil on panel, available


hmuxo said...

I love all those wonderful colors you used in this portrait, Eric! I would love to try a portrait using oils instead of pastels but I'm always afraid!! Now I would love the challenge.....someday! Excellent work as always.....

renate said...

Hoi Erik:) Het mag dan een experiment zijn, ik vind het een geslaagd portret. Zeker het verloop van het gezicht door de bril vind ik knap! Over de kleuren kan ik niets zeggen want mijn computer is kapot. Ik heb alleen geel, groen en blauw....Weer mooi gedaan:)xx

Erik van Elven said...

Thank you Hilda. You should give oils a try, what's there to loose :)

Erik van Elven said...

Dank je Renate, haha ben benieuwd hoe dit schilderij er op jouw scherm dan uitziet :)
Hoewel het er best eens ongeveer gelijk uit zou kunnen zien want er zit weinig rood in dit schilderij.
Bedankt voor je comment!

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

I hope 2014 proves to be a good year for you and yours.

Erik van Elven said...

Thanks Jerry, same to you!

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